As the summer went on and Nick Swisher outperformed Curtis Granderson it got a lot of fans thinking that if the Yankees are going to have to lose one, why not re-sign Swisher and trade Granderson instead?
Then the offseason happened and people weren’t in such a rush to see the Yankees keep Swisher, but a trade of the disappointing Granderson still seemed possible. However, according to Brian Cashman that doesn’t seem entirely realistic.
“I will listen on anybody, but you would be hard-pressed to get enough to trade a center fielder who is a perennial 40-homer-plus man,” Cashman told Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
The thing about trading Granderson is that the Yankees are already replacing Swisher and it’s hard enough to replace one let alone two. And Granderson, despite taking a step back from 2011, was still very productive in 2012. So while there are options out there to replace him those options are either not a big enough upgrade or come with a steep price tag. Realistically, the Yankees are probably better off holding on to Granderson for another year while they search for a more long-term solution.
So that’s what Cashman is likely to do — hold on to Granderson and listen. If something else better comes along he’ll surely pursue it, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to trade him just because he struck out a lot and wasn’t as good as he was the year before.